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If full-speed Blu-Ray playback and HDMI Audio 7.1 capabilities are your thing, then the XFX Radeon HD4550 is your card. Offering 8GB of memory bandwidth paired with DDR2 memory, this low-profile card fits in almost any case or motherboard designed to have a PCI Express video card in it. Tap into the massive parallel processing power of your GPU with ATI Stream technology and tackle demanding tasks like video transcoding with incredible speed.

KEY FEATURES DirectX 10.1 Support 80 Stream Processing Units 12x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering HyperMemory under WindowXP and Vista* Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT) ATI Avivo HD video and display technology* Uifired Video Decoder 2(UVD) for Blu-ray and HD Video Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay technology** Built-in HDMI with 7.1 surround sound support ATI Radeon PowerPlay Technology Low Profile Compatible HDCP Capable PCI Express 2.0 Supports ATI Stream Technology

Highlights of the XFX Radeon 4550 HD 1GB HDMI DVI PCI-E Low Profile
80 stream processing units
DDR3 memory
Microsoft DirectX 10.1
Enhanced Anti-Aliasing (AA) and Anisotropic Filtering (AF)
ATI CrossFireX technology
PCI Express 2.0
Upscale beyond 1080p
Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2)
Enhanced DVD upscaling
HDMI
Integrated DisplayPort technology with audio
Dynamic power management
Energy efficient manufacturing process
Stability and reliability
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#1
Please can someone let me know if this is a good deal for cheap graphics card

Thanks in advance
#2
Its only £24-95 here
http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/XFX-512MB-DDR2-ATI-Radeon-HD4550-Low-Profile-PCI-E,-Retail_25658.html

(Edited after gaz0985 commented)

Yes Just realised its the 512mb version one so please ignore

Heat Added for Price of 1GB
#3
thats the 512MB card. the dabs one is 1GB

The 1GB card also has HDMI whereas the 512MB doesn't

Bought, voted Hot

Cheers
#4
hiranparmar
Please can someone let me know if this is a good deal for cheap graphics card

Thanks in advance


Yeah, me too :) I'm looking for something in this price range to replace a crappy 64MB GeForce 7300 SE.
#5
Im sure this will be about 256mb physical memory and the rest shared with your system memory,i may be wrong but these cheap graphics cards are usually this way ....
#6
This is a good price for a 1GB card with HDMI and more than competent Blu Ray decoding. People should be aware that this is NOT a gaming card though - it will struggle with any newish game at any reasonable settings.

Voted hot.
#7
leighbeef
Im sure this will be about 256mb physical memory and the rest shared with your system memory,i may be wrong but these cheap graphics cards are usually this way ....


No way - this will have 1GB on the card itself.
#8
I'm sure it isn't shared RAM or it would be listed as such. On this spec of GPU it isn't powerful enough to need more than 512MB max (probably very little difference if only 256MB TBH). You would be far better off with one of these:

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/XFX+GeForce+8600+GT+256MB+GDDR3+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=39659

Or these:

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/XFX+ATI+Radeon+HD+4650+XXX+512MB+DDR2+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=39055

The 4550 has far less performance than either and is closer to the 4350 series than the higher 4650 series.
#9
A used 8800 card on eBay for example will likely be around this sort of price range, but will be far superior for gaming.

I think the 1GB VRAM is pointless to be honest, 512MB is plenty enough. Even 256MB in most cases is enough.
#10
does anyone know what the power requirements are?

i have one of those compact dell xps210 with only 275w PSU :-(
#11
How does this compare against the Nvidia 8600GTS.?
#12
I have the Gigabyte 512 version of this card and think it is top bannana for the money you pay for it. Plays games like Gears of War 1 on Medium no problems... I paid £30 for 512 passive cooled (doesn't make any noise) so an extra £3 for double the RAM is an alright price -- just the fan would put me off on this one
#13
Sorry, cold. Performance will be the same as the 512MB card.

1GB is pointless on a card that can't be used for much gaming (I know, I have 2 PC's with 4550's in).
512MB is more than enough on one of these cards, which the main use of is in HTPC's, the bottleneck in these cards is with the GPU and MEM clocks, not the amount of MEM.
Also, the XFX card does NOT have on-board HDMI (you have to use the converter).

Play were doing the 512BM XFX HD 4550 for £27 2 months ago, pity they put the price up, I would have got a couple more.
#14
I need the low profile card because I have a Dell workstation which is so cramped. The HDMI is the main attraction for me because I've just got a new flatscreen and want to run my computer through that than the VGA slot.
#15
I need the low profile card because I have a Dell workstation which is so cramped. The HDMI is the main attraction for me because I've just got a new flatscreen and want to run my computer through that than the VGA slot.

I'm not looking to play crysis on maximum or anything like that
#16
anyone know if this will be OK for a media center build, but i need it to run emulation OK as well, how well can it run Dolphin emulator (not for Wii but Gamecube) as i need low profile card for a Media center case, if its no good anyone know of a decent card on the cheap that will fulfill my needs, must be low profile.
#17
Think people are missing that the 512mb one that some linked here is only DDR2.

The deal is 1Gb DDR3 which is a lot better.
banned#18
Line from spec:

Offering 8GB of memory bandwidth paired with DDR2 memory
#19
Talsar
Line from spec:

Offering 8GB of memory bandwidth paired with DDR2 memory


Says DDR3 aswell. May need to email and ask Dabs which it is.

If its DDR2, then yea 1Gb isn't needed.

EDIT: Looking at XFX's own website, it seems that DDR2 is only available. So the description is a bit wrong and right at the same time.

To clarify, it is definitely DDR2
#20
Nymins
Says DDR3 aswell. May need to email and ask Dabs which it is.

If its DDR2, then yea 1Gb isn't needed.

EDIT: Looking at XFX's own website, it seems that DDR2 is only available. So the description is a bit wrong and right at the same time.

To clarify, it is definitely DDR2


Would doubt that 512MB, 1GB, DDR2 or DDR3 would make a bit of difference on this card. It's years old tech, will movies and old games, has HDMI out. Anyone that wants more will go for a better card.
#21
thank you everyone for you comments

I am still undecided

i looked at http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/...roductId=39659
but this has no HDMI -- so this is a no, no

neither did the other link

I am not really to bothered about games as i have Ps3 which is okay at the mo

I need a graphics card mainly for watching Movies and it must have a HDMI
#22
haritori;8580408
anyone know if this will be OK for a media center build, but i need it to run emulation OK as well, how well can it run Dolphin emulator (not for Wii but Gamecube) as i need low profile card for a Media center case, if its no good anyone know of a decent card on the cheap that will fulfill my needs, must be low profile.


Should be okay for Cube, pretty sure Dolphin is more dependent on your processor.
Unfortunately i've never tried emulation on anything lower than an i5 750/ ATI 5850 setup.

How well does it run on your current hardware?
#23
about £44 delivered on Amazon so this is very good price. Shame my brother sold his slimline HP PC now. or it would've been very goot upgrade :p
banned#24
Heat added, i have this card and it is gorgeous, though its not brilliant for modern gaming
#25
C50
does anyone know what the power requirements are?

i have one of those compact dell xps210 with only 275w PSU :-(


I'd be interested to know this too.

And on a related note, does anybody know whether these cards with fans would use more power than an equivalent one with passive cooling. I'm presuming there would be a increase in power consumption to run the fan, but don't know how significant this is in terms of the overall consumption of the card?
banned#26
Im slightly confused because in the description in one place it sayd "Offering 8GB of memory bandwidth paired with DDR2 memory" and in another it says "•DDR3 memory" am i reading it wrong? Or is the previous comment about bandwidth talking about the DDR2 ram in the computer and DDR3 the memeory on the graphics card? Also if that is the case then how does the bandwidth allocation work if you have DDR3 Ram and not DDR2.

Also what outputs are there on this card? Is there 2 ports, one dvi and one hdmi? No vga?

My main monitor is vga, but ive connected my plasma to the computer via dvi-hdmi cable and its a 15 metre cable that i dont wish to replace, hence the question. Any help appreciated.

Anyone know how power hungry this is? Ive got a 400watt psu and my current graphics card is a Nvidia geforce 6600 pci-e by msi i think.
#27
MBeeching
Should be okay for Cube, pretty sure Dolphin is more dependent on your processor.
Unfortunately i've never tried emulation on anything lower than an i5 750/ ATI 5850 setup.

How well does it run on your current hardware?


Runs pretty well, on a Athlon x2 5000 + ati 4650 512mb, although i do get problems with sound sync, although i think thats a prob with the emulator. this isnt my media centre build though i will be getting an i3 for that.
#28
haritori;8581239
Runs pretty well, on a Athlon x2 5000 + ati 4650 512mb, although i do get problems with sound sync, although i think thats a prob with the emulator. this isnt my media centre build though i will be getting an i3 for that.


I only really use it to play my beloved F-Zero GX, it looks astonishing good at 1080p :thumbsup:
1 Like #29
Adnan786
Im slightly confused because in the description in one place it sayd "Offering 8GB of memory bandwidth paired with DDR2 memory" and in another it says "•DDR3 memory" am i reading it wrong? Or is the previous comment about bandwidth talking about the DDR2 ram in the computer and DDR3 the memeory on the graphics card? Also if that is the case then how does the bandwidth allocation work if you have DDR3 Ram and not DDR2.

Also what outputs are there on this card? Is there 2 ports, one dvi and one hdmi? No vga?

My main monitor is vga, but ive connected my plasma to the computer via dvi-hdmi cable and its a 15 metre cable that i dont wish to replace, hence the question. Any help appreciated.

Anyone know how power hungry this is? Ive got a 400watt psu and my current graphics card is a Nvidia geforce 6600 pci-e by msi i think.


8GB/s is DDR2 the DDR3versions are quoted at 9.6GB/s. TBH the GPU is the bottleneck and not the memory bandwidth so dont worry so much.

As you ports you get a DVI and HDMI on the main board and VGA on a ribbon cable. So if you are using it in a low-profile system will take two slots (not sure if you get the bracket included or not)

As for power it only uses 25w max so you wont have a problem there.

Onto for the deal. Well for me it sits in the middle with not much point.
For basic users a HD4350 silent would be more than upto the job and £10 cheaper.
For HTPC the HD5450 is a better option.
For games (if you stuck with a low-pro system) a HD4650 for £10 more if you game at 720p levels. For higher you need to look at HD5570 which is about as far as you can go with this form factor. (Yes before anybody says 8800GT green editions were made low-pro)
#30
dhope
Would doubt that 512MB, 1GB, DDR2 or DDR3 would make a bit of difference on this card. It's years old tech, will movies and old games, has HDMI out. Anyone that wants more will go for a better card.


Yea you're right.

I'd get the other one linked (512mb version) if you don't need HDMI. Either way, still a decent price.
banned#31
GAVINLEWISHUKD
8GB/s is DDR2 the DDR3versions are quoted at 9.6GB/s. TBH the GPU is the bottleneck and not the memory bandwidth so dont worry so much.

As you ports you get a DVI and HDMI on the main board and VGA on a ribbon cable. So if you are using it in a low-profile system will take two slots (not sure if you get the bracket included or not)

As for power it only uses 25w max so you wont have a problem there.

Onto for the deal. Well for me it sits in the middle with not much point.
For basic users a HD4350 silent would be more than upto the job and £10 cheaper.
For HTPC the HD5450 is a better option.
For games (if you stuck with a low-pro system) a HD4650 for £10 more if you game at 720p levels. For higher you need to look at HD5570 which is about as far as you can go with this form factor. (Yes before anybody says 8800GT green editions were made low-pro)


Thank you for that, repped.
#32
Average price for what it is.

Don't consider buying this for gaming.

Not voted hot or cold.
#33
I think the 512mb version will be much better value for money - 1GB only makes a tiny, tiny difference. Still gave heat though.
#34
jukkie
Sorry, cold. Performance will be the same as the 512MB card..


Agree, but its a good price for a 1gb card with HMDI out, so still worth giving heat. The 512mb doesn't have HDMI so they aren't necessarily directly comparable.
banned#35
For £450 more you can get a Radeon hd5970.
#36
C50
does anyone know what the power requirements are?

i have one of those compact dell xps210 with only 275w PSU :-(


These will work fine on a 275w PSU.

I've sold multiple HTPC's PC's with 250w PSU's, all have HD 4550's, no one has reported any problems with them. Only pulled down 180w under full load (Intel C2D E6400, WD velociraptor 10K RPM HDD).
In fact, one of my own HTPC's (250w PSU again) has a HD 5570 installed, and that works fine and only pulls down 205w under load (same spec PC as above).



EDIT:
Pulled this from a review, similar power consumption as mine -
http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/801/power_consumption.jpg
#37
Hi,

I was looking at getting one of these for an old pentium 4 system I have.... Will it be ok with decoding most formats of video at 1080p? Or does the hardware decoding only work for certain ones? Been looking at getting a popcorn hour or equivalent media player, but the fact that they dont passthrough dts-hd or truehd really puts me off as I have just spent loads on a new amp! I know this isnt a soundcard, but will dts-hd go through this?
#38
Thank you everyone with their comments
I have decided to get this because
1. has a HDMI
2. main use is for films, i have PS3 for games at the moment
3. roughly £30- have P4 so no point getting an expensive g. card

If any one else can recommend a better option that matches my needs then i please share your opinion

Thanks again for all input
peace
#39
Villa
For £450 more you can get a Radeon hd5970.


lol -- thanks for that
#40
kingofbeans
Hi,

I was looking at getting one of these for an old pentium 4 system I have.... Will it be ok with decoding most formats of video at 1080p? Or does the hardware decoding only work for certain ones? Been looking at getting a popcorn hour or equivalent media player, but the fact that they dont passthrough dts-hd or truehd really puts me off as I have just spent loads on a new amp! I know this isnt a soundcard, but will dts-hd go through this?


What wattage power supply does that system have?

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